Legal Precedent May Come From Ashley Madison Breach

Law360, New York (September 3, 2015, 10:16 AM EDT) -- Philip R. Stein

James J. Ward The Ashley Madison saga has captured the attention of the public and legal profession like few prior data security breaches. The reasons are obvious: A website devoted to promoting infidelity is called out for “fraud, deceit, and stupidity” by a faceless group of self-proclaimed hacktivists, who release personal, financial and social information about 30 million would-be lotharios. Ashley Madison's CEO is revealed as a cheater himself, and its parent company, Avid Life Media, is sued for damages that amount to five times the previous year’s gross revenues. The pun-filled headlines almost write themselves, as do...

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